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CEP America Partners With MacNeal Hospital to Provide Emergency Department Management, Staffing

Tuesday, December 9, 2008 General News J E 4
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EMERYVILLE, Calif., Dec. 8 CEP America, one of thenation's largest providers of emergency department (ED) management andstaffing solutions, has signed an agreement with MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn,Ill., to run its ED starting Jan. 1, 2009.

Founded in 1975 by ED physicians driven to improve the quality and speedof treatment in the critical care setting, CEP America focuses solely ondeveloping ED solutions for hospitals around the country. Utilizing CEPAmerica's proprietary Rapid Medical Evaluation(R) program, the averagetime-to-provider wait at partner hospitals is 20 minutes below the nationalnorm.

"No one really likes going to the emergency department, mainly becausepeople believe that they will have to wait hours to be seen," said Dr. WesleyA. Curry, FACEP, chief executive officer of CEP America. "Time and again, wehave been able to help hospitals improve efficiencies based on our in-depthknowledge of how emergency departments run. This directly translates toimproved patient satisfaction and far fewer people leaving the hospitalwithout being seen, a key indicator of a hospital's emergency department."

All CEP America executives are practicing ED physicians, which gives theman insight into the challenges hospitals face every day. In addition,physicians who work at CEP America hospitals are made partners in thedemocratic medical group.

"MacNeal Hospital has chosen to partner with CEP America because they arenational leaders in providing high quality emergency department services,"said Brian Lemon, chief executive officer of MacNeal Hospital. "We areconfident that CEP America will partner with our outstanding physicians and EDteam to continue delivering exceptional care and enhancing the patientexperience."

MacNeal Hospital is a full service acute care community teaching hospitalthat is owned and operated by Vanguard Health Systems. The ED is designatedas a Level II Trauma Center with 19 ED beds, seven fast track beds and threetriage holding rooms. On average, 55,000 patients are seen in its ED everyyear.

About CEP America

Founded in 1975, CEP America is the national partnership practice model ofCalifornia Emergency Physicians (CEP) Medical Group. They are a premierprovider of physician staffing, management, and consulting services for nearly70 Emergency Department and Ambulatory Care Practices in Arizona, California,Georgia, Texas and Oregon. For more information, visithttp://www.cepamerica.com.

SOURCE CEP America
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